April 1, 2018

Washington University in St. Louis received a $1.1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research, develop, and disseminate a toolkit for the implementation of effective programs and strategies to create inclusive, healthy school environments for all students to feel safe, emotionally secure, and supported in their health and academics.

This project will be conducted within the St. Louis region, partnering with local school districts and area social, education, and health programs and organizations. The group plans to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s and ASCD’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model as a blueprint, with more applied research and translation into the relationships, messages, and systems necessary to achieve full adoption of the WSCC model in real-world contexts.

The Center on Society and Health, a sub-award on this grant, will use their network of education and health sector stakeholders to convene and work with a national advisory committee to inform development of dissemination materials and communication strategies. The Center will also advise on dissemination activities and targeted, multi-channel communication strategies to ensure that project findings are accessible to stakeholders at regional, state, and local levels.